Learn new ways to support producers in responding to climate issues with a fall webinar series by CAI. The four-part series, Tools & Approaches for Adapting to Climate Change in Agriculture, will highlight major ways that climate change is impacting BC farmers and ranchers and describe projects that are enabling adaptation.
Each session will feature presentations from professionals leading CAI projects from across the province and share resources and tools. The speakers will give examples of their processes and methodologies for helping improve agricultural resilience.
The webinars will be recorded and made available on the CAI YouTube channel after the entire series has wrapped up.
Managing changing pest pressures in a changing climate
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 10-11:15 a.m. PT
As average temperatures warm and seasonal conditions become more variable, the risk of damage to agricultural production from insects, diseases, weeds and invasive species increases. The first session will highlight the challenges of changing pest populations and provide examples of collaborative efforts to improve pest management.
Monitoring and supporting pollinator populations in a changing climate
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 10-11 a.m. PT
Pollinators play an important role in seed and fruit production, as well as crop yield and quality, and are also being impacted by climate change. This session will highlight approaches to strengthen knowledge of regional pollinator populations and crop-climate-pollinator interactions.
Investigating crop suitability for changing climate conditions
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 10-11 a.m. PT
Crop selection is an important strategy for adapting to new climate conditions as well as improving resiliency as weather becomes less predictable. This session will discuss tools — from phenological models to on-farm research trials — that can support decisions about crop selection.
Agricultural water management in a changing climate
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 10-11 a.m. PT
Changing precipitation patterns and average temperatures are resulting in hotter and drier summers, increasing the water needed for healthy crops and livestock while reducing the available water supply. The final session in the series will highlight projects in the Delta and Kootenay & Boundary regions that are implementing proactive strategies for increasing agricultural water resilience.
About the projects
The projects discussed in this webinar series are part of a suite of programming delivered by CAI, funded by provincial and federal governments and supported by agricultural organizations, local governments, NGOs and other partners through both financial and in-kind support.